11 NCAA Div. III individual championships
ST. LOUIS, MO—The Central College men’s track and field team won the Washington University (Mo.) Invitational Saturday bolstered by five event victories, while a partial Dutch women’s squad scored two individual wins to take sixth.
The men’s contingent scored 164 points to capture the title in in the six-team field while the women’s squad scored 51 points in a nine-team field. North Central College (Ill.) won the women’s trophy with 114 points.
Men’s sprinters lead Dutch—Central’s sprinters dominated the open events and relays. Central’s 4x100-meter relay team of Mitch Wagoner (sophomore, Iowa Falls, Iowa Falls-Alden HS), Logan Danko (junior, Centerville), Kyle Wood (senior, Newton), and Allen Scovel (senior, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) placed first in a time of 41.76 seconds. Later, the 4x400 squad of Wood, Trevor Veach (senior, Grinnell), L.J. Lipscomb (freshman, Johnston), and Clayton Fritz (sophomore, Indianola) won in a time of 3:18.68. Central’s “B” team of Ben Schornack (junior, Urbandale), Mason Zimmerman (freshman, Urbandale), Scovel, and Phil Heisterkamp (junior, Jefferson, Jefferson-Scranton HS) took second, crossing the line in 3:21.76.
Coach Joe Dunham was pleased with his squad’s efforts on the track
“We had a number of personal bests in the running events,” said Dunham. “We’re at a point in our training periodization that we’re going to start seeing times drop.”
Scovel and Danko took third (11.17) and fourth (11.17) respectively in the 100 meters, while Danko, Wagoner, and Veach finished second (22.38), third (22.63), and fourth (22.64) respectively in the 200 meters. Wood won the 400 meters in 48.56, with Zimmerman not far behind in third (50.15).
“Kyle got himself right back in the mix with the top 400 runners in the country with that race today,” said Dunham.
Eli Horton (freshman, Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) won the 1,500 meters for the second week in a row in a personal-best time of 3:56.56.
“Eli is showing a lot of maturity for a freshman in that race,” said Dunham. “That speed is going to help him in some of the longer races.”
Meanwhile, Lipscomb led the first 700 of his 800-meter race, but settled for third with a time of 1:54.54.
“LJ had another good race in the 800,” said Dunham. “He ran about the same time last week, but running at that level two weeks in a row is impressive.”
Dunham was also impressed with Brent Ewing (junior, Cincinnati, Centerville HS) after sixth-place finish (8:51.57) in a competitive 3,000-meter field.
“Brent had a breakthrough race today,” said Dunham. “And Clayton Fritz showed good progress in the 400 hurdles and he came back with a great split in the 4x400 relay.”
Fritz ran a personal best of 58.52 in the 400 hurdles. Elsewhere, Eric Larson (freshman, Waverly, Waverly-Shell Rock HS) finished second in the 110 hurdles (15.31) and Ethan Miller (senior, Seymour) was second in the pole vault (15-5). Tyler Crouse led the throwers with a win in the discus throw (156-4) and a third-place showing in the hammer throw (175-1). Breighen Powell (senior, Wellman, Mid-Prarie HS) finished second in the javelin (166-11) and Steve Messerschmidt (sophomore, Neola, Tri-Center HS) was third in the shot put (47-2.5)
“The throwers had a great day overall,” said Dunham. “Tyler (Crouse) had a season’s best in the discus and he’s got plenty of room for improvement.”
Coleman, Darrow lead women again—Felicia Coleman (junior, Houston, Texas, J. Frank Dobie HS) and Morgan Darrow (senior, Newell, Storm Lake HS) each picked up a win for a partial women’s squad Saturday.
Coleman took the 200 meters (25.26) and also finished second in the 100 meters (12.57). “Felicia had a couple of great races in the 100 and 200,” said Dunham.
Darrow chipped in with a win the hammer throw (164-7) and was runner-up in the shot put (43-5.25). Meanwhile, Hilary Hotz (freshman, Fort Dodge, St. Edmond HS) was third in the high jump (5-1.75).
“Morgan had another good day in the hammer throw,” said Dunham. “She isn’t far from breaking her school record.”
The Dutch will return to action next Friday and Saturday, April 13-14 at the Jim Duncan Classic at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.
“We’re excited to go to the Drake meet next weekend,” said Dunham. “A lot of our athletes went to that meet in high school so it’ll be fun for them to go back. We’re expecting more good things.”